Faith-Based White House Advisors See Opportunity to End U.S. Hunger and Poverty

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#2030Now–It is possible to end hunger and extreme poverty in the United States by
2030, concludes a new report by the White House Advisory Council on
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The group has been offering
suggestions to the White House on how to address poverty during
President Obama’s final year in office, and is expected to meet with the
transition team of the next president.

“We need to elect a president and members of Congress who will work
together to increase opportunity and reduce poverty,” said Rev. David
Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and a member of the advisory
council. “Nations around the world are aiming to end hunger and extreme
poverty by 2030, and the United States can do that too.”

The world as a whole has made unprecedented progress against hunger,
poverty, and disease over the last several decades, and the nations of
the world last year adopted global goals (the Sustainable Development
Goals) focused on ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. These goals
apply to all nations, including the U.S.

In the U.S., anti-poverty programs like tax credits for low-income
workers and SNAP (also known as food stamps) cut the poverty rate in
half. The Obama administration has had success with initiatives such as
Promise Zones, first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce child
obesity, and a program that has drastically reduced veteran
homelessness. Expanded health insurance coverage has helped many
struggling families.

“Economic recovery and public policy together are now finally raising
wages and reducing poverty,” Beckmann said. “Three-and-a-half million
Americans escaped from poverty in 2015.”

Beckmann added: “Yet census data show that the number of Americans
struggling with hunger is still greater than the population of
California. I’m praying that our next president and Congress will put us
track toward ending hunger, and clear goals would help.”

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